Bihar In Uproar Over Social Media Gag Order, Netizens Criticise Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to take strict action against those who make objectionable comments on social media against the Government, Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislative Assembly, or any other officials has drawn flak from the opposition parties.

After the decision came to light, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav slammed the Nitish regime for his autocratic rule. He called it a violation of the constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Tejashwi Tweeted, “Nitish Kumar, the creator of 60 scams, is the Bhishma Pitamah of corruption, the patron of misdemeanor criminals, the weak head of the immoral and illegal government. Bihar Police sells liquor. Rescues criminals and implicates the innocent. I challenge CM- Now arrest me under this order.”

The social media gag is attracting a lot of criticism on social media.

Additional Director General of Police of the Economic Offences Unit, Nayyar Hasnain Khan, has requested people of Bihar to give information regarding objectionable posts.

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“Making objectionable comments against the government, ministers and officials come under the category of cybercrime. It seems right to take action against such individuals or groups. Economic Offences Unit is the nodal agency of cybercrimes. I request all of you to give information regarding any such crime to the Economic Offences Unit, Patna so that we can take apt action against such people,” he said in the official letter.

 

Earlier, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government had decided to Impose a gag law for social media posts. The amendment entailed up to a five-year jail term for those making defamatory social media posts. Though, after massive outrage, the decision was put on hold.

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